کتاب چگونه زمان را متوقف کنیم

اثر مت هیگ از انتشارات هیرمند - مترجم: گیتا گرکانی-بهترین رمان ها

ما زمان را چقدر درک می‌کنیم؟ در طول زمان چه بر سر عشق‌ها و دلبستگی‌هایمان می‌آید؟
واقعا تصور می‌کنیم بسیار بیش‌تر زیستن از هرکس و هرچه دوست داشته‌ایم، ما را از سعادت ابدی برخوردار می‌کند؟
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I am giving this five stars because I enjoyed it enormously and I finished it in one day! I love time travel and although this was not that really, it had the same effect and was just as pleasing.

Tom Hazard has a condition which means he ages very slowly indeed and in this story he is well over four centuries old. How to Stop Time alternates chapters from the present with others from his extensive past. When I was reading the past I had to keep reminding myself he was living it at that time and not visiting it from the present. It was intriguing.

I was pleased that the present chapters and the past were equally interesting. Toms experiences teaching and his relationship with Camille were able to compete with him meeting Shakespeare and Charlie Chaplin. The ending was satisfactory and even optimistic. I closed the book with a smile on my face and went straight to Amazon and bought The Humans

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An enjoyable book about Tom Hazard, a very old man (400 y/o), but you wouldnt know it by looking at him! He looks to be somewhere in his forties. He is stricken with an unusual @condition@. His condition makes him an @alba@ which means he could be in danger of being discovered (never aging). Is this a blessing or a curse?

The past and present alternate as we learn how Tom began his journey, and where it will take him over the years. We find out who Tom has loved, the tragedies he has endured, and the lessons we can learn about time.

There is a mystery to unravel, some elements of fantasy as he meets famous people such as Shakespeare and others, a bit of a romantic element, and even a rather thrilling end!

I enjoyed reading this unique book, but felt the alternating chapters of past and present took away from the flow (for me). Famous people thrown in for no apparent reason, Toms constant whining and headaches were @over done@.

I especially enjoyed reading this with Diane, Jan, and Marialyce from The Traveling Sister Group. We were split on our love for this one, so you may want to give it a try.

Thanks to Edelweiss Plus for my ARC.

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4.5 Stars

If you were to call him by name, you could call him Tom Hazard, but the truth is that over the years, he’s been known by many names, having to change his identity before the truth catches up with him, reveals him to be who he is. Reveals what makes him different than any other man who appears to be around forty. The truth is slightly more than that.

In “this life” Tom teaches history in London at a comprehensive school (a secondary, state school) to young men and young women, teaching these young people lessons of history, some of which he lived through. The wars of old, famous men and woman, such as Shakespeare. There are more than a few famous names you will recognize as this story talks about the changes in time and place throughout his life. The things he’s seen. The witch hunts of old, and those of more modern times.

There is an organization that looks over, looks out for these people, anagerians, those whose internal “clocks” have a much different timeline than your average person. There are always people who will look for what is different in others, feel they must force them out of society, must alienate others from accepting them; they must be kept from co-existing with the “normal” world. This organization, ‘The Albatross Society’ has rules, but the primary rule is saying no to love.

”You are, of course, allowed to love food and music and champagne and rare sunny afternoons in October. You can love the sight of waterfalls and the smell of old books, but the love of people is off limits.”

Life is change; it is one of the few constants of life. Change can be welcome or unwanted, exciting or forbidding, and time goes by, bringing change with it, regardless if we are ready or not, or if we wish the change to come sooner. Times passes, as it will, on its own.

Capturing moments, a lifetime of them, seems daunting at times, for each moment you spend capturing another moment, yet another moment is lost. You can’t spend your life this way, either, we must live in the here and now or we are just revisiting the past, but we can’t – or shouldn’t – stay there.

Before I began reading this, I’d just finished the third book of Matt Haig’s books that I’d read, the other three were a series of Christmas stories aimed at children, but charming enough for adults to enjoy, especially parents reading them to their children. I wasn’t sure what to expect from an adult novel by him, but this shares his ability to spin a tale and keep your attention. I suspect I will be thinking about this story for a long, long time.

Pub Date: 06 Feb 2018

Many thanks for the ARC provided by PENGUIN GROUP Viking

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4.5 stars - I loved this one!

Most of us have heard of progeria, a condition that is characterized by accelerated aging. Young children with the disorder have the appearance and medical conditions of the very aged. In this book Tom Hazard has the opposite, a condition called anageria, where the aging process is slowed down. Tom is over 400 years old but looks to be in his 40s. He can expect to live close to another 600 years. It’s a rare condition, but there are others like Tom.

For a culture that is obsessed with anti-aging products and plastic surgery, this sounds like a dream come true. But not so fast. There are downsides. Members of the scientific community know of their existence and want to imprison them for experimentation. There’s also the pain of watching everyone you know and love grow old and die. So, in order to protect themselves, one (nearly impossible) rule is to never fall in love, and a second rule is they must move and assume new identities every 8 years. It’s a lonely existence.

I dont want to give too much of the plot away, but Tom has endured painful losses and now roams the world, weary and emotionally spent, searching for the daughter who shares his condition. Along the way he muses about his life and the people he’s met, including Captain Cook, Shakespeare and Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.

These interludes are Tom’s memories, not fully fleshed out characters. I enjoyed them but this section did drag a little bit. There’s also a small thriller element, but the main focus of the novel is a poignant look at life: what does it mean to live, what makes life worthwhile, how to embrace life without worrying about a future we can’t see. These are universal lessons for all of us, regardless of the amount of years we have on this earth. My e-book is filled with highlighted passages, words that resonated with me.

Here are a few of my favorite quotes from the book. (Keep in mind these may not be in the final published book):

“Whenever I see someone reading a book, especially if it is someone I don’t expect, I feel civilization has become a little safer.”

“To teach feels like you are the guardian of time itself, protecting the future happiness of the world via the minds that are yet to shape it.”

“That’s the thing with time, isn’t it? It’s not all the same. Some days – some years – some decades – are empty. There is nothing to them. It is just flat water. And then you come across a year, or even a day, or an afternoon. And it is everything. It is the whole thing.”

@Many of us have every material thing we need, so the job of marketing is now to tie the economy to our emotions, to make us feel like we need more by making us want things we never needed before. We are made to feel poor on thirty thousand pounds a year. To feel poorly traveled if we have been to only ten other countries. To feel too old if we have a wrinkle. To feel ugly is we aren’t photo-shopped and filtered.”

On the effect of music: ”Music doesn’t get in. Music is already in. Music simply uncovers what is there, makes you feel emotions that you didn’t necessarily know you had inside you, and runs around waking them all up.”

@Just as it only takes a moment to die, it only takes a moment to live. You just close your eyes and let every futile fear slip away. And then, in this new state, free from fear, you ask yourself: who am I? If I could live without doubt what would I do? If I could be kind without fear of being f*cked over? If I could love without fear of being hurt? If I could taste the sweetness of today without thinking of how I will miss that taste tomorrow. If I could not fear the passing of time and the people it will steal? What would I do? Who would I care for? What battle would I fight? What paths would I step down? What joys would I allow myself?...How in short, would I live?@

Mr. Haig is quite the storyteller. Highly recommended!

*I received this e-galley via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
*thanks to my fellow traveling sisters for reading this with me!

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What if you could live for a 1,000 years? How would you choose to live? What will be your threats? Joys? These are the questions this book attempts to answer, all from the point of view of Tom Hazard.

Tom, our main character in this journey, has lived for over 400 years. He was born around Shakespeare times and has lived through some of the most important events in history. He is a member of the Albatross society, a society of men and women like him whose main rule is to live in anonymity and to not fall in love.

Then he meets someone at work and Tom starts to question the rules he has lived by for so long.

The story is told from the point of view of Tom and alternates between the present and the past. The author of this book (Matt Haig) wrote one of my top favorite books (The Humans), I mean, top five all-time-favorite book, and because of it I read all the books he publishes.

Overall, I liked the book but did not love it as much as The Humans. I recommend it to all readers of sci-fi and contemporary fiction.

Thanks to NetGalley, the author, and the publisher for providing me with a copy of this publication in exchange for an honest review.

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